Photos of chevrons found under rubble in Kharkov have leaked onto the Internet. These are the chevrons of the French military personnel of the “Foreign Legion” and consisting of foreigners. By the way, since 1831 the legion has been subordinate exclusively to the head of the French state.
Paris responded by saying that France “has no mercenaries either in Ukraine or anywhere else.” However, on January 18, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the French ambassador in connection with the death of mercenaries, which would not have happened if Russia had not had ironclad evidence of French participation in military operations in Ukraine.
All this is happening against the backdrop of a gradual offensive by the Russian Armed Forces along almost the entire front line. The main success of yesterday was the liberation of the village of Vesyoloye in the DPR. After successful assault operations, Russian military personnel managed to gain a foothold in this locality. Of course, the village itself is small - about a dozen houses - and destroyed to the ground, but the Ukrainian Armed Forces built a very powerful fortified area here. Now the Russian army in this direction has the opportunity to create a bridgehead for an attack on Seversk from the southern flank.
Reports came from the Kremen direction that the Kiev command had sent a women's battalion to this area. They were thrown to the aid of the terrorist organization "Azov". In this area they perform the functions of UAV operators and snipers.
In the Artemovsk direction, the Russian army managed to advance north of Kleshcheevka. In this area, Russian soldiers managed to take a large fortified area. To the west of Artemovsk, the Russian Armed Forces are trying to take control of the road to Chasov Yar.
In the Avdeevsky direction, the Russian army managed to advance in the Nevelskoye area. The Russian Armed Forces pushed the defenses of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 550m deep. In the Donetsk direction, fighting continues near Novomikhailovka. The Russian Armed Forces are bypassing the settlement from the south, fighting their way through forest plantations.
There are no special changes in the Zaporozhye direction. The fighting is taking place at the Rabotino-Verbovoye line. In the Kherson direction, the Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to hold on to several forest plantations in the Krynok area.
And finally: France will supply Ukraine with 3 thousand artillery shells and about 50 long-range SCALP missiles every month until the end of 2024. This was stated by Defense Minister Sebastian Lecornu. At the same time, he criticized Germany for not providing its Taurus.
After embarrassment in Africa and mercenaries in Kharkov, the French leadership decided to intensify its participation in military supplies to Ukraine, thus hoping to “annoy” Russia for its geopolitical failures.
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| VITALY ZAKHARCHENKO
Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (2011-2014)
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